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BMW unveils all-new X5 | The West Australian

BMW has unveiled its fourth generation X5, with the large SUV due to arrive in Australia before the end of the year.

There aren’t any dramatic changes to the exterior design, with the front end featuring a slightly bigger double kidney grille, though the optional headlights which cast an X-shape are a cool addition.

At the rear, there has been a bit more done, with longer, slimmer and higher-set tail lights and a two-section tailgate. Both sections can be closed hands-free as an option.

Australian specifications are a way off, but in European spec at least, wheels range from 19-22 inches.

It’s bigger than the vehicle it replaces, measuring 4922mm long (+36mm), 2004mm wide (+66mm) and 1745mm high (+19mm), while the wheelbase is also bigger at 2975mm.

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As you’d expect, the bigger dimensions have paid off inside. The rear cargo space is a healthy 645 litres, which grows to 1860 litres with the 40:20:40 split rear seats folded.

The second row seats can be hadwith electric fore and aft adjustment if the optional third row of seats is chosen.

Like the exterior, the interior design has been modestly reworked from the prior generation but it’s an improvement.

It’s cleaner than before thanks to less switchgear, while the modern luxury car approach of having two big displays side-by-side is continued here, with the driver display and centre infotainment screen both 12.3-inches wide.

In Europe, electrically adjustable heated sports seats are standard, while cooled and massaging seats are options.

A cool new feature includes “thermo-cupholders” which can be heated or cooled, while other additions include four-zone air-conditioning, a bigger glass roof which can be lit up to mimic a starry night sky and a 1500-watt Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system with 20 speakers.

BMW X5
Camera IconBMW X5

We’ll have to wait and see what engines make it to local showrooms, but the X5 will has four options at launch.

A pair of diesels include a 195kW/620Nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit in the xDrive30d is, remarkably, the tamer option, with the M50d having a quad-turbo (yes, four) 3.0-litre six with 294kW and 760Nm on hand.

Petrol-wise, the xDrive40i has a 250kW/450Nm 3.0-litre turbo six, while the xDrive50i has a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 with 340kW and 650Nm.

On the move, BMW says the new X5’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is more advanced than before, allowing for greater precision when splitting torque between the front and the rear.

As seen on other BMW sports models, the system has a rear bias for when drivers want to have a bit of back end fun.

Dynamic damper controls aim to enhance dynamics while also enhancing comfort and improving the ride.

All-wheel steering is available, however should you want to head off road the ride height can be raised 40mm. Conversely, a loading mode” can drop it 40mm to make putting items in the back easier.

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